India and China Agree to Pull Troops Back from Himalayan Border

India and China begins to pull back their troops from Pangong Lake along disputed Himalayan Border.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that the both countries have an agreement on the disengagement on on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake.

“Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake,” Singh said.

He also said that the pact “envisages that both sides will cease their forward deployments in a phased, coordinated and verified manner.”

Meanwhile, disengagement from other areas from the Pangong Lake is set to pullback soon, Singh said.

The standoff began in April 2020 when India said Chinese troops had invaded into its side border in the Ladakh area in the western Himalayas.

On the other hand, Security analyst and former Indian army officer Ajai Shukla said in an interview with the Al Jazeera, any form of disengagement is welcomed.

“Any form of disengagement is to be welcomed. Therefore, it is good if there is a pullback by both sides in the Pangong sector. However, it is a matter of concern that the PLA has refused to discuss a pullback from the Depsang sector, where the Chinese have intruded deepest into India’s side of the LAC,” Shukla said.

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